Helen Beatrice Moilanen Staton, age 97, of Alpena, Michigan passed away peacefully at her home in Mesa, Arizona on Nov. 1, 2019.

Helen was born in Brocket, North Dakota on June 20, 1922 to Jenny and Frank Moilanen and married the late Charles A. Staton of Alpena, Michigan in 1945. Helen and Charles were members of First United Methodist Church in Alpena for many years, where Helen enjoyed volunteering as a Sunday school teacher, assisting in the library, delivering meals to the disabled and working in the kitchen. She had a strong faith in Christ and both Helen and Charles raised their six children in their faith.

Charles passed away in 1983 and several years later, Helen met and married the late George Thompson. They enjoyed spending many summers in Alpena and winters in Arizona. Both Helen and George enjoyed traveling before George passed away.

Helen supported Charles during his 40 year career with Besser Co. and 20 years in the Michigan National Guard. She loved sewing, knitting and baking for her family. In her later years, she enjoyed crafting quilts and teddy bears for children in the hospital and for Hospice patients. She spent many winters cross-country skiing and playing “The Fox and the Geese” with her young children in the snow.

Helen was also preceeded in death by her mother, father, four brothers and eight sisters. She is survived by: three sons and three daughters: William Staton of Leland, Michigan, James Staton (Melissa Duby) of Hillman, Michigan, Christine O’Neill (Daniel) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Beverly Staton of Mesa, Arizona, John Staton (Erica) of Grand Ledge, Michigan, Margaret Gougeon (David) of Alpena, Michigan; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. XO

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan.

Arrangements will be made for a summer 2020 memorial service in Alpena.